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  • White House: People who criticize us are helping al Qaeda (Re. Brennan op-ed)

    02/09/2010 6:50:50 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies · 433+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 9, 2010 | Byron York
    In a brief op-ed in USA Today, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan charges that critics who question the Obama administration's decision to grant Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are "serv[ing] the goals of al Qaeda." "Too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points," Brennan writes. "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda."
  • Why the Media Ignored a Scandal

    02/09/2010 4:02:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,206+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | Byron York
    Two weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses, the National Enquirer published a detailed story reporting that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had had an affair, and that the woman involved -- campaign videographer Rielle Hunter -- was pregnant, and that Edwards had arranged for an aide to falsely claim to be the father, and that Hunter and the aide and the aide's family were being taken care of financially by a wealthy Edwards supporter. It was, to say the least, explosive. At the time, Edwards was a serious contender in the Democratic presidential race, so when the story was published,...
  • Obama: 'She insisted she's going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt' (video at source)

    02/05/2010 1:57:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 1,152+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Feb. 5, 2010 | Byron York
    Yes, those are the words of the president, last night at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. After listing his administration's accomplishments and vowing that "our most urgent task is job creation," Obama pledged to keep fighting for a national health care system. "We knew this was hard," Obama said. And then he described a letter he received from a campaign worker who suffered from breast cancer and has since died: I got a letter -- I got a note today from one of my staff -- they forwarded it to me -- from a woman in St. Louis...
  • Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons?

    02/04/2010 8:14:03 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies · 581+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-5-2010 | Byron York
    Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons? By: Byron York Chief Political CorrespondentFebruary 5, 2010 "The Bush administration used the criminal justice system to convict more than 300 individuals on terrorism-related charges," writes Attorney General Eric Holder in a new letter to Republican critics in Congress. The letter is part of the Obama administration's aggressive defense of its decision to grant full American constitutional rights to al Qaeda soldier Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused Christmas Day bomber. That defense boils down to one sentence: Bush did it, too.Republicans on Capitol Hill object. They argue that one of the...
  • Has Obama become bored with being president?

    01/28/2010 10:26:20 PM PST · by SirJohnBarleycorn · 94 replies · 2,531+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/10 | Byron York
    This is about the time Barack Obama becomes bored with his job. He's in his second year as president, and he's discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can't do everything he wants to do, like remake America. Doing stuff is hard. In the past, prosaic work has held little appeal for Obama, and it's prompted him to think about moving on. snip According to the book, the majority leader invited Obama to his office for a talk. "You're not going to go anyplace here," Reid told Obama. "I know that you don't like it, doing what...
  • Abdulmutallab interrogated for less than an hour; White House defends handling of terrorist case

    01/24/2010 8:58:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 527+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/24/10 | Byron York
    The White House is not disputing a report that FBI agents questioned accused Northwest Airlines bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for just 50 minutes before deciding to grant him the right to remain silent and provide him with a court-appointed lawyer -- a decision that led Abdulmutallab to stop talking and provide no more information. The news came in an Associated Press reconstruction of Abdulmutallab's first hours in custody. The AP reported that Abdulmutallab "repeatedly made incriminating statements" to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who originally took him into custody. Then Abdulmutallab made more statements to doctors who were treating...
  • Lawmakers to Holder: Who decided to give Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber?

    01/21/2010 1:14:03 PM PST · by pissant · 63 replies · 2,534+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 1/21/10 | Byron York
    All seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking to learn who made the decision to treat Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused Christmas Day terrorist bomber, as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant. On the same day he tried to detonate a bomb aboard a Northwest Airlines plane in Detroit, Abdulmutallab, who was trained by al Qaeda in Yemen, was informed of his Miranda right to remain silent and given a government-paid lawyer. He then refused to cooperate with U.S. authorities. The letter is signed by GOP Sens. Jeff...
  • Massachusetts: Coakley ad 'patently false,' Brown threatens legal action

    01/17/2010 9:45:06 AM PST · by dano1 · 72 replies · 5,366+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/17/2010 | Byron York
    Representatives of Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown say Democratic candidate Martha Coakley has until Tuesday to retract an incendiary campaign mailing or Brown will take legal action. At issue is a Coakley flier charging that Brown would have Massachusetts hospitals turn away all rape victims, a claim which a Brown spokeswoman called "a lie," "patently false," and "atrocious." "The campaign is calling on Martha Coakley and [Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman] John Walsh to retract the false statement," says Tarah Donoghue, a spokeswoman for the state Republican party who is speaking on behalf of the Brown campaign. "We're going to...
  • 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama

    01/16/2010 6:08:00 PM PST · by pietraynor · 36 replies · 2,078+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 01/15/10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat

    01/15/2010 7:42:02 PM PST · by Signalman · 20 replies · 1,151+ views
    WashExaminer ^ | 1/15/2009 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls

    01/15/2010 6:57:01 PM PST · by FrdmLvr · 42 replies · 1,874+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-15-10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls

    01/15/2010 11:28:14 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 36 replies · 2,070+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01-15-10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama

    01/15/2010 6:38:53 AM PST · by moose2004 · 188 replies · 6,199+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1/15/10 | Byron York
    By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent 01/15/10 7:10 AM EST Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the...
  • Obama's latest homeland security fiasco (Byron York on the case)

    01/07/2010 9:47:37 PM PST · by pissant · 6 replies · 1,037+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 1/8/10 | Byron York
    For a while, it seemed the nomination and confirmation of Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration would be a routine affair. Southers' resume included time at the FBI, the California Office of Homeland Security, and the Los Angeles airport security force. Qualified nominee, quick confirmation -- right? Wrong. As the new year begins, the Southers nomination has become the latest Obama confirmation mess, raising questions not only about the nominee but the White House's selection process. And despite Democrats' daunting 60-vote majority, quick confirmation might not be in the cards. The reason: a growing feeling among Republican senators...
  • White House: No matter what, we're sending Gitmo prisoners back to Yemen

    01/03/2010 9:01:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies · 1,993+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Byron York
    As Susan notes below, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama White House not to go forward with plans to send a number of Yemeni terrorists now being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their home country. But the Obama White House insists it will continue to send those Gitmo inmates to Yemen -- a country now recognized as a hotbed of terrorism so dangerous that the U.S. has decided to close its embassy there. On Fox News Sunday, top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration "absolutely" intends to keep sending Guantanamo...
  • Key Democrats and Republicans give Napolitano vote of confidence

    01/03/2010 1:59:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies · 1,927+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Byron York
    On the Sunday talk shows, top officials and former officials from both parties expressed strong confidence in Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the aftermath of Napolitano's statement that "the system worked" in the Detroit terrorist incident. Napolitano quickly backed down from her assertion, but the controversy over her remarks fueled questions about whether she is up to the task of running the Department of Homeland Security. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, was asked if Napolitano is the right person for the job. "Yes, she is," Lieberman...
  • DeMint: TSA nominee isn't qualified, shouldn't be confirmed

    01/01/2010 12:56:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 552+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/1/10 | Byron York
    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who has been the target of much Democratic criticism for his efforts to slow down Senate confirmation of Erroll Southers, the Obama White House's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, now says Southers should not be confirmed.
  • Obama handles Northwest Airlines terror incident differently than Ft. Hood

    12/26/2009 11:32:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1,039+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/26/09 | Byron York
    The Obama White House has been aggressive in its press outreach regarding the Northwest Airlines terrorist incident. Some of the earliest stories on accused terrorist Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to set off an explosive device on board Northwest Flight 253 were sourced to the White House, and White House officials were quick to label the incident an "attempted act of terrorism." The White House wants the public to know that President Obama, on vacation at a luxurious oceanfront home in Hawaii, has received conference call updates and is keeping close tabs on the situation.
  • After health care rush, Senate moves slowly on national security

    12/26/2009 7:33:14 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 7 replies · 395+ views
    The Democratic leadership in the Senate put off dealing with the growing threat of the Iranian nuclear program so lawmakers could devote their energy to the rush toward passage of a national health care bill. Now, with that work done, Senate leaders say they will take action on Iran -- but only, in the words of Majority Leader Harry Reid, "sometime after we return in January."
  • Reid: Public will greet health care bill with 'joy and happiness'

    12/24/2009 5:55:38 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 100 replies · 2,336+ views
    In the final minutes of the Senate health care debate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers would hear "an earful" about the national health care bill from constituents who are solidly opposed to the legislation. In response, Majority Leader Harry Reid cited the case of a young disabled boy in Nevada who Reid said will now have health coverage and said that Democrats will indeed hear an earful -- "an earful of joy and happiness." "Yes, we'll hear an earful," Reid added, "but it will be an earful of wonderment and happiness."